Building Your Construction Team
Tips and Questions for Your Potential Architect & General Contractor
January 24, 2018
collaboration by: Matt Redick & Audrey Wilson
Construction projects can be complex! Whether you’ve managed dozens of projects or are just getting started, these questions and tips can help make sure you’re bringing the best team on board for the job.
Questions for Your Potential Architect:
- What is their work load like? How many other projects are they attending to and of what size?
- What is the size and experience level of their staff for the type of project (new build, tenant improvement, restaurant, medical, or laboratory, etc.)
- Who do you recommend for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering? What are their reputations?
- What do your Construction Administration (CA) services entail?
(i.e. How will they support you once construction begins and what services are included? ex. Review of submittals, attendance at weekly meetings, punch list process?)
Questions for your General Contractor:
- If you are hired, how many projects will my superintendent and PM be managing concurrently other than mine? What are their experience levels related to this type of project?
- Describe your preconstruction services. How can you support me prior to construction
- When do you generally prefer to be involved in the project?
- How do you handle changes and/or unforeseen conditions when they come up?
- Hire your team early on in the process!
- Stay on top of phone calls and emails during construction as some items may need immediate attention.
- Ask for updated schedules and budgets weekly from your general contractor/GC.
- Ask your team questions about what is depicted on the Construction Documents (CD’s).
- Know what items are included with the design and construction contracts and what items for which you will be responsible.
- Get all agreements in writing.
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